10,700 new homes registered in February, according to NHBC

38 March 2019

The number of new homes registered by the UK’s housebuilders and developers in February reached 10,721, NHBC’s latest figures have revealed.

This represents a 7% decrease on the same month in 2018. This year 7,550 were registered in the private sector (9,080 in 2018), with 3,171 in the affordable sector (2,495 in 2018).

For the rolling quarter, between December and February 34,199 new homes were registered compared to 34,723 a year ago – a decrease of 2%. During this period there were 23,105 new homes registered in the private sector (26,562 in 2017/18: -13%) and 11,094 in the affordable sector (8,161 in 2017/18: +36%).

However, despite the slight decrease overall in registrations half of the 12 UK regions experienced some growth in this period, including London (+17%), the North West (+11%) and the South East (+9%).

NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK and its registration statistics are a lead indicator for the new homes market.

Commenting on the latest figures NHBC Chief Executive Steve Wood said: “Continuing the trend from January we are seeing strong numbers in the affordable sector but an understandable drop in the private sector amid the ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

“Regardless of what happens, NHBC will continue to ensure that quality remains at the heart of what we do for homeowners whilst maintaining our support for UK housebuilders and developers.”

NHBC UK statistics show that:

  • During Dec ’18 – Feb ‘19 the number of NHBC new home registrations was 34,199 compared to 34,723 a year ago. 
  • 23,105 were registered in the private sector, compared to 26,562 in the previous year.
  • 11,094 were registered in the affordable sector, compared to 8,161 in the previous year.

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered during this period:

NHBC - UK Registrations by Region

Dec 2018 - Feb 2019

Dec 2017 - Feb 2018

England - Regions

 

 

North East

1,040

1,372

North West & Merseyside

4,128

3,708

Yorkshire & Humberside

2,220

2,318

West Midlands

3,190

3,086

East Midlands

2,448

3,444

Eastern

3,098

4,120

South West

3,043

2,990

London

4,594

3,912

South East

6,220

5,708

Totals for England

29,981

30,658

Scotland

2,201

2,231

Wales

1,075

1,216

Northern Ireland & Isle of Man

942

618

Totals for UK

34,199

34,723

Registrations refer to the process of a builder registering a new plot/home to be built in the coming months or weeks, to be covered by NHBC’s ten-year Buildmark warranty. Completions refer to when a new home is completed as indicated by NHBC inspectors.

Changes can occur between figures published at different times owing to changes in policies and cancellations.

NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK. NHBC's ten-year Buildmark warranty covers around 80 per cent of new homes built in the UK, having covered nearly eight million homes since it began and currently protecting around 1.5 million homes. NHBC is a non-profit distributing organisation with no shareholders.